Since 1989, the city of Ahmedabad has hosted the International Kite Festival as part of the official celebration of Uttarayan, bringing master kite makers and flyers from all over the world to demonstrate their unique creations and wow the crowds with highly unusual kites. In past years, master kite makers from Malaysia have brought their wau-balang kites, llayang-llayanghave come from Indonesia, kite innovators from the USA have arrived with giant banner kites, and Japanese rokkaku fighting kites have shared the skies with Italian sculptural kites, Chinese flying dragons, and the latest high-tech...
Place : Gujarat
Time : 10am to 4pm.
A kite in the sky, no matter its size, shape, colour or even the altitude, instantly offers child-like amusement to the people, whatever their age. Gujarat has been traditionally flying kites, with the 'kite-flying-gene' seeming to run in its cells. During Uttaraya, the entire state transforms into one kite flying ground. Since last 2 decades this fun-filled festival is given an international twist with the establishment of the annual International Kite Festival. Hundreds of nations are keen to sent in their best kites to Ahmedabad. Presently this Kite Festival is a prominent fixture in the International Kite Flying Calendar. I take this opportunity to personally invite you to the Kite Festival from 6th to 14th January, 2019 as the limitless festivity unfolds.
The People of Gujarat know well that during Uttarayan, in early January, their skies would be dotted with 'unusual visitors'. The annual Kite Festival ushers in a period of great festivity and gaiety unique to the culture of Gujarat. Kites of all sizes and shapes, ranging visually from the simple to the grotesque and even bizarre provide a feeling of rising excitement to people of all ages.
The arrival of international kite-flyers and tourists add to the atmosphere of fun. Those who come to Gujarat for the first time are sure to be bowled over by the palpable excitement in the air. And those who have come before resolve to come back again, while the first-timers wow to do the same.
ln the salubrious and cool weather of January, Gujarat's skies wear many marvellous hues. Thousands of revellers flock into their town centre or just climb up to their terraces and engage in a universal and pretty ancient pastime - kite flying. Each flyer will have invested a lot of time and effort to make his fabulous flying device better than anyone else's. There is a bit of showmanship and healthy rivalry involved here. At the festival grounds in Ahmedabad, Surat and the Rann, the story would be similar, though even more sophisticated, and with professional prides at stake. ln any case, the sky would be bejewelled by the unique spectacle. Don't miss it for the world.
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